signature

[ sig-nuh-cher, -choo r ]SEE DEFINITION OF signature
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SIGNATURE

He cannot deny having had the book, for you have his own signature to prove it.

The nicest inspection could not discover any difference in the signature or seal.

The signature was extended in full, with the surname blackly underlined.

Suddenly he opened his eyes again, and stared hard at the signature.

I went through it all, until I made 'em understand they must have my signature at my own price.

Your Majesty might consider that by such a signature the thing would be settled.

It bore neither date nor address nor signature, and began abruptly.

The grinning death's head seal was appended in lieu of a signature, as before.

A paragraph or two more of this sort of thing and then Mr. Thomas' signature.

We have yet no news of the signature of the definitive treaty.

WORD ORIGIN

1530s, a kind of document in Scottish law, from Middle French signature (16c.) or directly from Medieval Latin signatura "signature, a rescript," in classical Latin "the matrix of a seal," from signatus, past participle of signare "to mark with a stamp, sign" (see sign (v.)).

Meaning "one's own name written in one's own hand" is from 1570s, replacing sign-manual (early 15c.) in this sense. Musical sense of "signs placed it the beginning of a staff to indicate the key and rhythm" is from 1806. Meaning "a distinguishing mark of any kind" is from 1620s.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR SIGNATURE

acknowledgment

nounphysical symbol of recognition
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